Published: Tue, August 08, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Donald Trump-Russia investigators ask White House for documents about Michael Flynn

Donald Trump-Russia investigators ask White House for documents about Michael Flynn

Mr Alptekin has publicly denied that there was anything untoward about the payments, which funded a campaign to discredit Fetullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric said to be behind a failed coup in Turkey in July 2016.

Mueller is looking into whether Flynn, whose consulting group Flynn Intel Group had worked with a Turkish-American businessman, was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign, New York Times reported Friday. His potential failure to register as a foreign agent could also carry a felony charge.

Since Flynn's payment acceptance occurred during the 2016 presidential campaign, during which he advised Trump, both the grand jury and Mueller's probe are trying to discern whether or not it was illegal.

A transcript of intercepted calls between Mr Flynn and Mr Kislyak revealed they had discussed U.S. sanctions imposed when former President Barack Obama concluded that Moscow had interfered in the USA election campaign.

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His work includes lucrative speaking engagements with Russian businesses.

Mueller's team has asked the White House for documents related to Flynn's lobbying and questioned witnesses about whether he was paid by the Turkish government, according to a report from The New York Times.The document request was not a formal subpoena, the newspaper has reported.

The White House and Flynn's lawyer, Robert Kelner, did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters for comment. It has been noted by the president, the Trump of her duties as national security adviser just a few weeks after his appointment, because he had not realized exactly how of the contacts he had had with Russian officials.

The news came one day after reports revealed that Mueller - a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - has impaneled a grand jury to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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